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Ram's, Kenton, London HA3

Evening all!

This week's featured article is for Ram's in Kenton, a vegetarian Indian restaurant and sweet shop with a decent all-you-can-eat buffet. Unlimited bread! There are also two new pages on RGL: Cactus Grill in Wallington serves Mexican/American food with a lunchtime meal deal, and Hap Lee in Norbury does the usual Anglo-Chinese cuisine (maybe skip the aubergine).

There's an update for the Orange Room in Mile End, just around the corner from a house where approximately half the population of Livejournal has lived at one point or another, including this author. I'm pretty sure there wasn't a local Lebanese mezze place at the time - but now there is!

Several pub closures to report: the Hatchet near Mansion House, the Chequers in Hendon, and the Greenwich Pensioner in... wait for it... Poplar! (Come on, why would you think a Greenwich Pensioner might be in Greenwich?) The Victoria Stakes in Muswell Hill is also temporarily shut following a fire, but the Good Samaritan in Whitechapel has reopened: very handy for a pre- or post-Tayyabs pint.
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Oval Tavern, Croydon, London CR0

This week, as members of the RGL community prepare to visit the Great British Beer Festival, our featured article is a pub: The Oval Tavern, CR0 6BR in sunny Croydon. It does around five real ales served from the cask, pub quizzes, food, darts, proper locals' pub stuff done well, just like you need sometimes.

We also have three new articles for you. There's Redemption, not the brewery but instead a vegan restaurant in Shoreditch, which I can co-sign on because I have visited myself, though I didn't add it to RGL. But it does tasty food. Note that aside from dairy, honey and other animal products, they are also free of alcohol.

There's also Bloomsbury Farmer's Market, a regular market every Thursday in Torrington Square; and Manor Bar and Grill in Tooting.

We have a significant update to The Prince Arthur in Hoxton, a classic Shepherd Neame pub.

Sadly lots of reported closures this week: The Good Samaritan in Whitechapel; Boho Mexica in Spitalfields; The Duke of Wellington in Marylebone; The Only Running Footman in Mayfair (though it's still a pub, just not gastro, which sounds fine actually); and The Tyburn, a Wetherspoons by Marble Arch.
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Plum Tree Cafe, Greenwich, London SE10

Hello all! Apologies for the slight delay this week - leaves on the line, and such*.

Our featured article is for the PlumTree Cafe in Greenwich, a child-friendly spot with plenty of veggie options and most importantly, an all-day breakfast menu.

A bunch of new pages have sprung up this week! Fresh Fields Market in Croydon has a good beer selection as well as fruit and veg; the Duke's Head in Highgate is a very pleasant pub with lots of nice beer and gin cocktails, and the Wild Card Brewery Tap Bar in Walthamstow is also pretty great for beer fans, though it's a bit out of the way. I've been to the latter two establishments and I would firmly recommend both! My verdict is a bit less certain regarding the Waterloo Bar and Kitchen though - reasonable bistro food but quite pricey. Better value in Waterloo is Po Cha, a Korean restaurant recently moved from near the Centrepoint building, and the Waterloo branch of Wahaca.

There are three pub updates following visits: the Express Tavern in Brentford, the Wellington by Waterloo station, and the Albion in East Molesey. The Express looks like the pick of the bunch to me.

Elsewhere, Da Vinci's bar in Waterloo has closed, as has the Fountain Restaurant inside Fortnum & Mason's.

Finally we can give a big RGL welcome to Dartford Station, which has joined TfL Zone 8 and thus has become 12.5% more excellent!

*Okay, fine. I was buying woodland-animal-shaped biscuit cutters in Ikea.
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Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow, London E17

Hullo all! This week's featured article is for the Olde Rose & Crown in Walthamstow. It's a theatre pub with plenty of handpumps full of tasty beer, and a occasional pop-up pizza truck outside for your carbohydrate needs. What with the Dough Bro dudes down the road at the Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow is currently spoilt for pop-up pizza truck choice.

Elsewhere there's a new article for the Clapham Junction branch of burrito emporium Tortilla, and an update following a recent visit to Vanilla Black, a fancy 100% veggie restaurant near Chancery Lane.

Slightly sub-par Indian restaurant Monsoon in New Cross has closed, as have two pubs in Farringdon: the gastro-orientated Coach & Horses, and the Sekforde Arms which has finally seen its lease expire. Having spent a number of evenings in there over the years quaffing pints of Ordinary, I've grown quite fond of it and will be sorry to see it go, even though I once saw a mouse running into the kitchen.
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Bumblebee Natural Foods, Holloway, London N7

Hello again. This week's featured article is Bumblebee Natural Foods, N7 0BT on the Kentish Town borders, a health food shop and grocery, with bulk foods, takeaway food, fruit and veg, baked goods, cheese and other such things.

The one new article is for a branch of Mexican food chain Wahaca at Westfield Stratford City's glamorous E20. If you've been to any of them, you'll be familiar with the concept. Our correspondent particularly recommends the plantain tacos.

Reported closures are for The Fat of the Land, an uneasy tapas bar/pub hybrid in Marylebone, and Parade Gastrobar in South Woodford, which sounds like some kind of painful dietary device. Also closed is Little Squiggles Cafe in sunny Sutton.
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A short update this week ushers in this week's featured article, Amico Bio, WC1A 1BH, a completely vegetarian Italian restaurant in Holborn. It's also very friendly towards vegans, and has a way with popped rice.

The only addition is a branch of Benito's Hat near Oxford Circus, offering more of that chain's burritos and tacos with the added twist of mambo covers of 90s dance-pop. Plus it's not so busy as their other branches.
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Dan dan mian @ crystal china

Hello all!

Apologies for this week's delay as we quest to find you new things to feature. This week's featured article is Crystal China, SE1 4TP, a Chinese restaurant on Tower Bridge Road, which our intrepid correspondents have enjoyed on a number of visits.

There are two new pages! We have Chipotle, a Baker Street branch of the growing American burrito and taco chain which is also found in a few other London locations and is perfectly decent (I enjoyed the tacos I had at the Covent Garden branch more than at other Mexican places, but the burritos are about par for the course).

There's also Oriental Chinese Shop, which is near Surrey Quays station in Rotherhithe and as you may have gathered from the title is a shop selling Chinese food.

No reported closures.
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Somers Town Coffee House, Somers Town, NW1

This week's featured article is the Somers Town Coffee House, NW1 1HS, which despite its name is a gastropub near Euston station. It's been refurbished since it was a French-themed pub.

There are four additions this week: The Clapton Hart pub in Lower Clapton, another fine Antic outpost; Shane's on Chatsworth, a restaurant not too far away; The North Pole, a self-described craft beer pub in Islington; and Tramlink Route 4, a new tram route on the Tramlink in south London using some extra double-tracking (but no new stations).

There's been an update to the stub entry for The Lord Palmerston, a Geronimo Inns gastropub in Dartmouth Park.

Five permanent closures have been reported: Ping Pong's branch on Goodge Street; the Texas Embassy Cantina by Trafalgar Square; Melati, a Malaysian restaurant in Soho; The Compass, a gastropub in Pentonville, at the end of Chapel Market (reopening as another gastropub called Hundred Crows Rising); and Langton's Bookshop in Twickenham.

Finally, confirmation that Morgan M has fully moved from its site in Holloway to Smithfield.
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Mestizo, Somers Town, NW1

This week's featured article is Mestizo, NW1 3EL, a dependable Mexican restaurant on Hampstead Road, near Euston station.

One new article is the Hackney Homemade Market, in various venues in Lower Clapton.

There's an update to Somers Town Coffee House, a pub in Somers Town, which has changed management.

Two reported closures are: The New Cavendish, a greasy spoon in Fitzrovia; and Teapod, a tea shop in Covent Garden.
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Si Chuan (川妹子/Chuān Mèizi), North Greenwich, London SE10

Our new featured article is Sichuan, SE10 0QJ, a Sichuan restaurant in North Greenwich.

There's one new article, being Adams Cafe, a greasy spoon in Croydon.

There's also one closure, Dos Amigos, an unlamented Mexican restaurant in East Dulwich.
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This week's featured article is Royal Standard, CR0 1SS, a lovely little Fuller's pub in Croydon.

It has board games, a dart board, chairs with misericords, excellent pies, and a beer garden; and it's been one of my favourite pubs for quite some time.


The big news on RGL this week is the addition of the Good Beer Guide 2012 category, plus all the pubs in it that we didn't already have listed. 36 new pubs were added to RGL, 18 of them with proper writeups (having been visited by me and/or [personal profile] ewan in the two weeks between my advance copy of the GBG arriving and the official publication date). The other 18 are currently "stub" entries which mainly contain addresses, opening hours, and links to other people's reviews; we'll be filling these in as soon as possible.

Other recent additions to RGL include Okan, a Japanese restaurant in Brixton; Casa Morita, a Mexican taqueria in Brixton; and the Cow, a Geronimo pub in the exciting new postal district E20.

Reported closures are Bombay By Night in Hampton, Donzoko in Soho, and Taste Of India in Covent Garden.

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This week's featured article is Taqueria, W11 2RS, a restaurant in Notting Hill/Westbourne Green serving Mexican cafe-style food.


Recent additions to RGL include Butchers in New Malden, Matsuri in St James's, Pescheria Mattiucci in Notting Hill, and Breads Etcetera in Brixton.

Reported closures are Bou Tea in Covent Garden, S & M Cafe on Portobello Road, Efe in Stoke Newington, Yami in New Malden, and the Rifleman in Twickenham.

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This week's featured article is Joy King Lau, WC2H 7BL, a Chinese (specifically, Cantonese) restaurant in a side street just off Leicester Square.

They offer decent dim sum until 5pm, as well as a full menu of Cantonese specialties. Service is brisk and efficient.


Recent additions to RGL include Wuli Wuli in Camberwell and Taqueria in Notting Hill. One reported closure: Itsu on Wardour Street.

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